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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

The Bill: Germany Faces Billions in Losses If Greece Goes Bust

The Bill: Germany Faces Billions in Losses If Greece Goes Bust

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2015

Vast amounts of German money are at stake if Greece goes bankrupt -- with liabilities as high as Ç84 billion. Even though that figure is a large one, it would be paid over years and dangers to the Berlin budget are limited. By Florian Diekmann more... Comment ]

Greece's Referendum: The Price of Five Years of Cowardice

Greece's Referendum: The Price of Five Years of Cowardice

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 29, 2015

Much of Europe is outraged by Alexis Tsipras' decision to hold a referendum on reforms in Greece. But how did the euro zone allow an economically irrelevant country of 11 million to bring the common currency to the brink? Through cowardice. By Christian Rickens more... Comment ]

Opinion: We Are Living in the Anti-Europe

Opinion: We Are Living in the Anti-Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 29, 2015

The Greek crisis has destroyed an old dream about the future of Europe. The only possibility for moving the EU in the direction we were promised is a radical solution -- either a Grexit or an expensive debt haircut. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

The View from Athens: Greece Peers Fearfully Over the Brink

The View from Athens: Greece Peers Fearfully Over the Brink

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2015

People in Greece have been looking to Brussels this week with a mixture of fear, hope and trepidation. The deadline for a deal is approaching, and nobody knows what might happen if one isn't reached. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Migration Crisis: TheáEU's Shipwrecked Refugee Plan

Migration Crisis: TheáEU's Shipwrecked Refugee Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2015

When 800 refugees drowned on their way to Europe this April, leaders promised to act. Just over two months later, the EU's attempts at real reform have all but failed -- and thrown up some dark moral questions. By Ullrich Fichtner, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Schult and Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

EU Commission President Juncker: 'I Don't Understand Tsipras'

EU Commission President Juncker: 'I Don't Understand Tsipras'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2015

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker remains committed to preventing a Grexit. Butáhe tellsáSPIEGEL that his patience is wearing thin: "I don't believe the Greek government's response has been sufficient." Interview conducted by Peter MŘller, Michael Sauga and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Brewing Conflict over Greece: Germany's Finance MinisteráMulls Taking on Merkel

Brewing Conflict over Greece: Germany's Finance MinisteráMulls Taking on Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 12, 2015

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schńuble appears to have given up hope of a satisfactory outcome to the Greek crisis. Unlike the chancellor, he is willing to cut the rope on Athens. But will he dare to dig in his heels and defy Merkel? By Peter MŘller, RenÚ Pfister and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

TheáTTIP Gap: How aáTrans-Atlantic Trade Deal Can Still Be Fixed

TheáTTIP Gap: How aáTrans-Atlantic Trade Deal Can Still Be Fixed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2015

The European Commission is hoping that a major trade agreement with the US will stimulate the EU economy. But many in Europe fear adverse impacts on the environment and democracy. Negotiators ought to consider a third approach. By Spiegel Staff more... Comment ]

Modern Duchy: Luxembourg Prime Minister Turns Tradition on Its Head

Modern Duchy: Luxembourg Prime Minister Turns Tradition on Its Head

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2015

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel is trying to reshape the Grand Duchy into a country as liberal as he is himself. He has introduced gay marriage and curbed the Catholic Church's once powerful influence over the country. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Trans-Atlantic Ties: It'sáTime To Rebuild Trust

Trans-Atlantic Ties: It'sáTime To Rebuild Trust

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2015

Germany and the United States have close relations politically, but ties between our people are drifting as a result of NSA spying, the report on CIA tortureáand the planned TTIP trade agreement. A broader dialogue is necessary to deepen the partnership. A Commentary By Karen Donfried and Wolfgang Ischinger more... Comment ]